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5 Nursery Items I LOVE

best nursery itemsI’m a sucker for lists.

Three kids in and now I have a very strong sense of what I love in kids’ decor, clothing, utensils, you name it, because I’ve wasted a lot of money and time figuring it out. Sometimes you learn by experience. And sometimes you get luckily gifted something that you fall in love with.

I’ve written my brain dump on registering already, and five items that make parenting easier, and nine toys for the first year, but let me foist yet another list on you because a girlfriend is expecting her first and asked me if I had to only have five things in my nursery, what would they be??

(Also listed allll my Whole Parenting Goods crib & wall & party banners up in the shop! Free shipping through the weekend FREESHIPPING code. Really original, right?)

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But back to my list.

1) Disposable Diaper.

We cloth diaper by day and use a wonderful local service, Do Good Diapers. They also retail my favorite favorite favorite disposal diaper because this third baby wet through every combination of night diaper out there.

Naty are fully compostable and indeed, Do Good will do that for you, too! They hold more pee than anything else I tried. They never ever break open. And they aren’t bleached or dyed. They also make my favorite wipes.

2) Brooklyn Herborium Infused Coconut Oil.

Maybe biased because my sister’s organic skincare line makes these but I love it. I still try to give a quick rub down massage to the babe each night–it’s almost like a check-over to see if there are new bumps and bruises (always) and if anything’s awry. It calms him down and all that blood flow and laugh time together helps ease bedtime routine!

3) Blessed Nest Pillow.

Nursing or feeding a bottle to your baby means you need elbow support. This pillow is my fav for pregnancy, feeding, propping a little baby up, you name it. Cannot live without it.

When my sister and sister-in-law visit, whomever has the newest baby gets to borrow mine–one time, actually, I think both of them have done this: traveled with their own. No kidding. It’s that important.

4) Sheepskin rug.

Part of the difficulty in crib-training a baby who was used to sleeping right up against me was that crib sheets are NOT the same as mama’s body-pillow. Enter the sheepskin. I could ease the baby out of my arms and he would nestle into this and VOILA. Still asleep. Whew. Hopefully the floor doesn’t creak too badly as I ease my way outta the room to freedom.

My sister gave me one and I am forever in her debt. Buy it for yourself. I mean, the baby, but also for you.

5) 3 Sprouts Baskets.

Yes, everything looks cute before the baby comes. No, quickly it will be all mussed up. And if you have older kids, that quick is lightening fast. I love these 3 Sprouts baskets. Love ’em in my toy room, love ’em in my nursery, love that they wipe out really easily. Love that they’re adorable and well made. The older kids also know how to sort the (now toddler) baby’s things according to whether the blankets are going in the fox basket or the toys are going in the elephant one.


What are your favorite things in your nursery?





  1. Lauren B on September 10, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    1. Handmade changing pad covers (from Pretty Prudent) and crib sheets (Dana Made It). I found the tutorials from the blogs listed and it seriously could not be easier.
    2. A sound machine. I don’t feel like I have to tiptoe around during nap time or after bed time.
    3. A giant hand me down basket with a lid- hides all toys and makes clean up a breeze.
    4. Commercial grade magazine rack I found at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore that houses all of our big picture books. (seen here: https://instagram.com/p/06nKgZAY_c/?taken-by=laurenhbyrd )
    5. Honest Co diapers and wipes.

    • Natural Mama Nell on September 15, 2015 at 11:57 am


  2. Laurel on September 10, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    The Rock N Play was a game-changer for us with our last. I’m not even sure it was something available with Evey but I sure wish I had one with her too. They are super-portable, can be used for sleeping or playing, and rock or vibrate when needed. I’m not big on baby holders but this one is essential.

    • Natural Mama Nell on September 15, 2015 at 11:58 am

      I have a few other girlfriends who live and die by theirs as well!

  3. Lacey on September 10, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Can you tell us more about the sheepskin? I’m intrigued! Shorn or unshorn (apparently they have both…)? Any worries about SIDS or anything of that nature?

    • Natural Mama Nell on September 11, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      So mine is unshorn but I didn’t use it for him until he was 10 months–and walking 😉 out of SIDS territory. I would not put a younger, rolling over baby on it–just in case? But for when the babe is near you and resting (in your vision for safety), or just hanging out while you do something without holding him or her, I’d totally use it like that for a youngster. I have another (older and less beautiful) one that I use as my changing station on our first floor in the kitchen. Pee just wicks right off (and poop is only a wipe away) and it’s so soft on their backs.

      From my cursory research, the skin has the ability to regulate baby’s temperatures–how cool is that? And it’s wool so it’s naturally water-resistant (pee, as aforementioned). It’s just so comfy too!

      • Lacey on September 11, 2015 at 10:40 pm

        Oh thanks! That’s about what my research has been saying too. My seven month old needs some help soothing, so I thought this sounded like a cool option (and one I’ve never heard of before). Thanks again!

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